USC football: Steve Sarkisian releases depth chart for scrimmage

With USC preparing for its final spring practice Saturday at the Coliseum, Coach Steve Sarkisian on Friday released a depth chart that will look entirely different in the fall.

David Freese scratched from Angels lineup; reliever Josh Wall recalled

DETROIT -- Angels third baseman David Freese was scratched from the lineup Friday night because of tightness in his right quadriceps, but the injury is not believed to be serious. Ian Stewart will start in his place against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Oldtimers Ray Whitney, Teemu Selanne form mutual admiration society

Dallas Stars forward Ray Whitney, who will be 42 next month, had a lot to talk about with 43-year-old Ducks winger Teemu Selanne on Wednesday during the first game of their teams’ first-round playoff series.

NCAA President Mark Emmert: Latest rule change is food for thought

The NCAA president railed against the past Friday by uttering the contracted sentence many have been waiting to hear.

Ryan Getzlaf, wife welcome baby girl

Ryan Getzlaf has produced an uncommon hat trick just one game into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Clippers' Blake Griffin says he has no beef with Jermaine O'Neal

Blake Griffin approached the media for his session Friday and smiled as he prepared to answer questions about the first-round playoff series between his Clippers and the Golden State Warriors.

Smush Parker allegedly punches a high schooler in the face

Kobe Bryant has always disapproved of Smush Parker.

Travis Browne has his big chance against Fabricio Werdum

For the last three years, MMA’s heavyweight division has been dominated by two men: UFC champion Cain Velasquez and former UFC champion Junior Dos Santos. With the trilogy between those two men now complete, the division is open for the rise of a new set of stars. Perhaps the most intriguing new contender of the bunch is the towering Hawaiian knockout artist Travis Browne. Saturday night on Fox, he has the opportunity to earn a title shot against Velasquez if he can beat Fabricio Werdum, also a top contender.

Ferrari makes surprising choice in bid to end long Formula One slump

As Formula One prepared for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, perhaps the racing series' biggest news came out of Italy.

Clippers, Warriors dislike each other

The basketball world knows there is deep-seated animosity between the Clippers and

Watch hornets attack golfer Pablo Larrazabal on European Tour

Pablo Larrazabal had a scary moment on the European Tour on Friday. While playing the fifth hole in the second round of the Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur, Larrazabal was attacked by a swarm of hornets.

Craig Sager undergoing treatment for acute leukemia, his son says

Craig Sager, TNT's sideline NBA reporter best known for his loud suits, will miss the playoffs this season because he is undergoing treatment for leukemia, his son tweeted Thursday.

Mark Pavelich to sell his 'Miracle on Ice' gold medal

How much are miracles worth? Mark Pavelich is about to find out, as he is going to auction off his "Miracle on Ice" gold medal, beginning next week through Heritage Auctions.

Kings-Sharks power outage: Welcome to the sound of silence

A power outage lasting about six minutes on Thursday at SAP Center just before the Kings and Sharks were to take the ice for their pregame warmup momentarily delayed proceedings.

Blake Griffin stays above fray after Klay Thompson's comments

Blake Griffin stood with his back against the wall at the Clippers’ practice facility, his eyes directed at every reporter who asked him a question, his answers thoughtful when he talked about the Golden State Warriors.

Chad Johnson signs with CFL's Montreal Alouettes

Chad Johnson will be taking his talents to Canada.

All-California series helps expectant father, Kings' Kyle Clifford

SAN JOSE -- If all goes to plan, he will play against the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 tonight here, fly home to Los Angeles with his teammates, go straight to the hospital and greet the newest member of the family a few hours later.

Donovan McNabb reportedly arrested for DUI in January

A mugshot of former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb is making its rounds on the Internet and social media.

Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf expected back for Game 2

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, who was struck in the face by a puck and required “numerous” stitches to close the wound, has been cleared to play Game 2 of the team’s Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Dallas Stars on Friday at Honda Center, the team announced Thursday.

Jordan Adams will return to the UCLA Bruins

Guard Jordan Adams will return to UCLA, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly.

UCLA football: Mossi Johnson gives receivers a little more, uh, punch

LeBron James might be reading a bit much into his jersey sales

LeBron James knows what you want in an NBA jersey.

Clippers ready to face Golden State in playoffs

When the Clippers entered the locker room after their regular-season finale loss Wednesday night to the Portland Trail Blazers, they already had scouting reports on the Golden State Warriors sitting in their chairs.

Brittney Griner says Baylor is not supportive of gay athletes

Brittney Griner did not publicly announce that she was gay until after her playing days at Baylor.

USC basketball: Byron Wesley will transfer

USC guard Byron Wesley, the Trojans' leading scorer last season, announced Wednesday that he would transfer and play his final season at another school.

Major League Soccer awards expansion team to Atlanta

Major League Soccer on Wednesday awarded an expansion team to Atlanta, which would begin play in 2017.

Federal judge holds off decision on NFL concussion settlement

A federal judge in Philadelphia declined Wednesday to approve a proposed $765-million concussion settlement between the NFL and a group of retired players.

U.S. motor racing takes Easter break, but Formula One set for China

Major U.S. motor racing goes quiet this weekend for its traditional Easter break.

UC Irvine's Mamadaou Ndiaye turns pitching mound into mole hill

Baseball has seen many big pitches --Dennis Eckersly to Kirk Gibson for example -- but it is unlikely to have seen any bigger pitchers.

Former Jacksonville coach claims UCLA had help in 1970 NCAA title win

A former Jacksonville University basketball coach claims in a new book that the school's 1970 NCAA title game against UCLA was -- how would one put this delicately? -- rigged.

Chris Johnson signs with the New York Jets

Chris Johnson has gone from the Tennessee Titans to the onetime New York Titans.

Clippers wait on Oklahoma City results

Right about the time the Clippers tip off tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers, they’ll probably know if they have a chance at moving up in the Western Conference standings.

Rookie Frederik Andersen to start in goal for Ducks in playoff opener

With grand postseason plans, the Ducks are expected to put a rookie in goal tonight when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin against the Dallas Stars at Honda Center.

UCLA's Kyle Anderson, Zach LaVine formally announce for NBA draft

UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine made official what was already known: both will be available for theNBA draft.

Clippers' Blake Griffin, at technical foul limit, suspended one game

The NBA announced Wednesday that Clippers forward Blake Griffin was suspended one game without pay for getting his 16th technical foul of the season.

49ers might already be finished with Aldon Smith, report says

Could the San Francisco 49ers already be finished with troubled linebacker Aldon Smith?

UFC's Joe Rogan says Ronda Rousey would beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Who would win a fight between UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey and undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr.? It was a close contest in a reader survey we did recently, but UFC commentator Joe Rogan says Rousey would win.

Felix Trinidad reaches debt deal after alleged $63-million loss

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico boxing star Felix Trinidad has reached a debt deal with a local bank following alleged losses of $63 million that he blames on a former financial adviser.

Angels reliever Joe Smith on loss to Athletics: 'I was horrible'

Joe Smith didn’t mince his words late Tuesday night. The Angels right-hander came on to protect a one-run lead in the eighth inning and faced five batters. All of them reached base, and four of them scored -- the turning point in a game the Oakland Athletics went on to win, 10-9, in 11 innings.

Angels lose leadoff batter Kole Calhoun to a right ankle sprain

A frustrating 10-9, 11-inning loss to the Oakland Athletics grew even more painful for the Angels on Tuesday night when they lost Kole Calhoun to a right ankle sprain, an injury that will send their starting right fielder and leadoff hitter to the disabled list.

Cuonzo Martin is hired to be California basketball coach

California hired Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as its basketball coach Tuesday, charging him with taking over another program after a successful run by his predecessor.

Cody Kessler named USC's starting quarterback

Cody Kessler, who led USC to 10 victories last season, was named the Trojans' starting quarterback, Coach Steve Sarkisian announced Tuesday.

NCAA approves unlimited meals and snacks for players

Who said the NCAA can't respond in a timely fashion when it is under savage daily attack and facing several lawsuits that could put college's governing body out of business?

Shawn Merriman sues Nike over its 'Lights Out' clothing line

Shawne Merriman once knocked four opposing players unconscious during a single high school football game.

Jackie Robinson Day to be celebrated through baseball

Tuesday is Jackie Robinson Day across baseball, honoring the 67th anniversary of the day Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The most prominent of the events planned to honor Robinson was to take place at Yankee Stadium before New York's game against the Chicago Cubs, but rain forced the game, and the ceremony, to be delayed until Wednesday.

Despite problems, demand high for World Cup tickets

If you're going to Brazil for the World Cup, you'd better start looking for a sports bar where you can watch the games on TV. Because for all the problems with stadium construction, transportation infrastructure and political protests, this World Cup has proved to be one of the bestselling ever.

Driver crashes into Chandler Parsons' SUV, asks for autograph

Chandler Parsons probably is used to getting asked for autographs by Houston Rockets fans.

Donald Trump says he is serious about buying the Buffalo Bills

When Donald Trump announced a couple of weeks ago he wanted to buy the Buffalo Bills, many dismissed it as a typical publicity ploy by The Donald. Not true, he says.

Boston Marathon bombing anniversary is solemn, yet inspiring

Heather Abbott was at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, when two bombs went off. One of her feet was severely injured in the blast and was eventually amputated.

Ultimate Warrior died of cardiovascular disease

Former pro wrestling star Ultimate Warrior, who collapsed while walking to his car last week and pronounced dead at a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz., died of cardiovascular disease.

Amy Purdy discusses her emotional week on 'Dancing With the Stars'

The Times is pleased to have Amy Purdy, who won a bronze medal in snowboardcross at the 2014 Paralympics, guest-blogging for us while she competes on "Dancing With the Stars" with pro partner Derek Hough. This week, Purdy talks about Week 5 of the competition, in an email Q&A.

Josh Hamilton calls surgery 'bummer,' hopes to be productive on return

Josh Hamilton wasn’t just feeling good at the plate when he tore the ulnar collateral ligament and the capsule in his left thumb on a head-first dive into first base in Seattle on Tuesday night, an injury that required surgery Friday and will sideline the Angels left fielder for six to eight weeks.

Doc Rivers pondering whether to rest Clippers starters

Rest or not to rest.

Promoter: Bob Arum doesn't want Manny-Pacquaio-Floyd Mayweather fight

Golden Boy Promotions Chief Executive Richard Schaefer, who said he returned from a spring-break vacation with his family Monday, said he doesn’t believe rival promoter Bob Arum truly wants to make a Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao bout for the fall.

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez will fight Erislandy Lara on July 12

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will fight Cuba's Erislandy Lara on July 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the boxers’ promoter confirmed Monday.

Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller discusses his plight

Among the three goalies the Western Conference top-seeded Ducks can choose to start Wednesday in their Stanley Cup playoff opener against the Dallas Stars, the one with the most wins doesn’t expect to be in net.

Blake Griffin not in danger of being suspended for playoff opener

Blake Griffin needs to be on his best behavior for only one more game.

UCLA baseball: James Kaprielian named to U.S. collegiate team

UCLA pitcher James Kaprielian has been selected to the U.S. collegiate national team, which will compete internationally this summer.

Notre Dame to install artificial turf, lose tall-grass defense tactic

Notre Dame has become the latest university to install FieldTurf in its football stadium. The artificial grass is expected to be installed in time for the Aug. 31 season opener against Rice.

Clippers ready to finish regular season, get set for playoffs

With just two regular-season games left before the Clippers open the playoffs this weekend, Coach Doc Rivers has to weigh whether to rest players or let them play so they keep their rhythm.

Bubba Watson celebrates Masters win with dinner at Waffle House

Bubba Watson was living large after winning his second Masters title in three years.

Michael Phelps to return to competitive swimming this month

All of you who, in your office pool, had Michael Phelps returning to competition in April 2014 can smile today.

WWE to pay tribute to Ultimate Warrior tonight on 'Monday Night Raw'

With the pro wrestling world mourning the loss of the Ultimate Warrior, WWE, the company where he gained his greatest fame, will devote part of its flagship "Monday Night Raw" TV show Monday night to reflect on his career.

Dionisia Pacquiao, Manny's mom, was, um, intense during fight [Video]

Dionisia Pacquiao was one of millions of people watching her son, boxer Manny Pacquiao, take on Timothy Bradley for the WBO welterweight belt on Saturday night.

LeSean McCoy thinks his 2-year-old is a better player than Tim Tebow

LeSean McCoy was drafted in the second round, 53rd overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. A year later Tim Tebow was drafted in the first round, 25th overall by the Denver Broncos.

Unnamed NFL executive calls Jadeveon Clowney 'spoiled' and 'lazy'

Jadeveon Clowney is slated as one of the top picks, if not the top pick, in just about every mock NFL draft out there.

Mike Conway wins IndyCar Long Beach Grand Prix

The first half of the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach generally was a stately affair.

NHL releases Stanley Cup playoff schedule for Ducks, Kings

The Ducks open their first-round playoff series against the Dallas Stars with Game 1 at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Honda Center, and the Kings open the postseason against the Sharks at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in San Jose.

Manny Pacquiao's camp pushing for talks with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao may not have returned entirely to his dominance of a half-decade ago in beating Timothy Bradley, but the performance easily had enough credibility to “go there” once more.

49ers' Aldon Smith arrested at LAX after alleged bomb comment

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday after he allegedly became argumentative with a screening agent and made comments suggesting he had a bomb, police said.

Bubba Watson wins his second Masters title

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Bubba Watson claimed his second Masters title on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club by taking control of the final round with three birdies late on the front nine and then cruising to a three-shot victory.

Pacers on verge of clinching top seed in East with win over Thunder

WASHINGTON -- What became apparent with Saturday night's Miami Heat loss to the Atlanta Hawks came into sharper focus Sunday: The Heat likely will enter the NBA playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

UCLA basketball: Adams, Powell consider declaring for NBA draft

Liverpool moves closer to EPL title with 3-2 win over Manchester City

LIVERPOOL, England -- Liverpool became the favorite to win the Premier League after beating title rival Manchester City, 3-2, on Sunday, with Philippe Coutinho's late goal settling a thrilling and emotionally charged match at Anfield.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley

Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley: round-by-round recap

LAS VEGAS -- Can Manny Pacquiao regain the ring savageness that made him a star, or will Timothy Bradley gain some redemption after taking so much heat over his 2012 controversial split-decision victory over Pacquiao?

Kevin Harvick holds off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win Southern 500

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Kevin Harvick capped his biggest weekend at Darlington Raceway with his first Southern 500 victory Saturday night, passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. two laps from the end of the longest race in the track's 65-year NASCAR history.

Frozen Four: Union beats Minnesota for NCAA hockey title

PHILADELPHIA -- Union College won its first NCAA hockey title Saturday night at the Frozen Four, scoring three times in a 1:54 span in the first period in a 7-4 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.

Angels without Josh Hamilton: 3 games, 3 cleanup hitters

The Angels have played three games since cleanup batter Josh Hamilton went on the disabled list. The cleanup batters: David Freese in the first game, Raul Ibanez in the second and Howie Kendrick in the third.

Ryan Hunter-Reay wins pole position for Long Beach Grand Prix

Ryan Hunter-Reay won the pole position for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, a race the former Verizon IndyCar Series champion won in 2010.

Masters updates: Bubba Watson shares lead with Jordan Spieth

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- After two rounds of stellar golf, Bubba Watson stumbled on moving day at the Masters.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has prostate cancer

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the league announced Saturday.

Clippers' Jamal Crawford will play against Sacramento

After sitting out the last five games with a strained left calf, Clippers guard Jamal Crawford will play Saturday against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center.

UCLA football: Owamagbe Odighizuwa works both sides of learning curve

UCLA defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa had some time on his hands last fall. So defensive line coach Angus McClure put him to work.

Trainer Freddie Roach sued by Manny Pacquiao's former conditioning coach

LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao’s former strength and conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, has sued trainer Freddie Roach for allegedly making false and defamatory statements that Ariza “gave fighters performance-enhancing drugs.”

Corey Brewer scores 51 points in Timberwolves' 112-110 win over Rockets

MINNEAPOLIS — Corey Brewer scored a career-high 51 points and Gorgui Dieng hit a short jumper with 4.6 seconds to play to give the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves a 112-110 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

Fine for Yankees being considered in tampering case with Mike Trout

Commissioner Bud Selig is considering whether to fine the New York Yankees for tampering, the result of an investigation triggered by Yankees President Randy Levine’s comment last winter that he would offer Angels outfielder Mike Trout a 10-year contract.

Former All-Star basketball player Lou Hudson dies at 69

ATLANTA -- Dominique Wilkins hopes young fans take the time to learn about Lou Hudson.

Simon Pagenaud tops second practice at Long Beach Grand Prix

Two French drivers topped the speed charts in Friday's second practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the second race of the season in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne tracks the puck during a battle against Edmonton's Martin Marincin in a game last month.

Teemu Selanne won't face Kings; regular-season farewell set for Sunday

Right wing Teemu Selanne will not be in the Ducks’ lineup when they face the Kings on Saturday at Staples Center but will play in his final NHL regular-season game Sunday, when the Ducks host the surging Colorado Avalanche.

The 43-year-old Finn, who plans to retire after the playoffs, hasn’t played both ends of back-to-back games this season, a strategy designed to save his energy. Selanne, voted the most valuable player in the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament after he led his homeland to the bronze medal, has nine goals (four on the power play) and 27 points in 63 games this season. He has averaged 14 minutes 3 seconds of ice time each game.

“Stuck with this game plan what we have had the whole year,” said a smiling Selanne, who has continually pushed for more ice time and expanded duties on the first power-play unit, often without success.

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Manny Pacquiao, left, and World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Timothy Bradley will meet in the ring for the second time Saturday. Bradley defeated Pacquiao by split-decision in June 2012.

Former Pacquiao-Bradley judge discusses his criticized card

LAS VEGAS -- The last time Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley fought, judge Duane Ford played a starring role.

Ford’s 115-113 scorecard in favor of Bradley combined with judge C.J. Ross’ same score to trump Jerry Roth’s 115-113 card in Pacquiao’s favor, causing a stunned reaction inside MGM Grand and from pay-per-view fans watching internationally.

Ford was back at the hotel Friday on the eve of the rematch. He’s retired from judging after working 209 title fights and is now president of the North American Boxing Federation.

In an interview with The Times, he said the outcry from his and Ross’ cards did “absolutely not” drive him to leave judging. Ross resigned after scoring Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s convincing victory over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September as a 114-114 tie.

“I haven’t gone back and watched it in quite awhile,” Ford said of Pacquiao-Bradley I. “I did afterward, sat down with the...

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Compare MLB team payrolls

MLB salaries: Is your team getting its money's worth?

The best record in the major leagues as of Friday morning was shared by the Milwaukee Brewers and the Washington Nationals. Each team was atop its division with a 7-2 mark.

Sure, we’re barely a week into the new season, but so far those two teams are certainly getting a bang for the buck. Each is hovering around the middle of the pack in terms of payroll. The Nationals’ payroll for 2014 is just under $137 million, ninth biggest in MLB.

Graphic: Compare MLB team payrolls

The Brewers’ payroll is a bit over $103 million, 16th in the major leagues.

Is there a correlation between payroll and performance? The question is asked every year. The Dodgers and Yankees seem to think so. They’re the top two teams in player payroll again this season, the Dodgers topping out at No. 1 at a bit over $229 million, the Yankees not too far behind at just over $197 million.

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Jamal Crawford (11) is averaging 18.6 points this season but admits that the time he has missed because of a calf injury might have made him rusty.

Injured Jamal Crawford plans to return to practice Friday for Clippers

Clippers reserve guard Jamal Crawford came over to reporters Friday, a smile on his face, good news to deliver.

“I’m practicing today,” Crawford said. “No question.”

Crawford had missed the last five games with a strained left calf, but he got in a hard workout Thursday and said it “felt really good.”

He then was asked if he would play Saturday against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center.

“There’s definitely a chance,” Crawford said. “I think that’s huge from a chemistry standpoint, getting everybody back healthy. “

Crawford, third on the team in scoring (18.6 points per game), has missed 13 games with the calf injury he originally suffered Feb. 26 against the Houston Rockets.

He has been in and out the lineup since, sitting out three games when he was first injured, playing one game, sitting out five more, playing in five and then sitting out the last five.

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California Chrome and Victor Espinoza win the Santa Anita Derby in Arcadia.

Santa Anita Park to offer temporary free weekend admission to infield

Santa Anita Park said it plans to offer free weekend admission to its infield area starting April 26 and lasting through the end of its current meet June 29.

The legendary horse-racing track in Arcadia also said it would offer free parking in the north parking lot at Gate 6, which provides access to the infield area.

General admission currently costs $5, and parking is $4. During the promotion, fans can cross from the infield area to the grandstand area for $5.

The moves are aimed at helping reverse a steady decline in attendance at Santa Anita (and many other tracks nationwide) over the last two decades owing to several factors, including competition from simulcast wagering, Internet betting and casinos.

Santa Anita officials maintain that it's important to get more people to the track to secure new fans regardless of whether they then wager on thoroughbred horse racing at the track or off-site.

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American bobsledder Lolo Jones takes pictures of her teammates after they won silver and bronze during the women's bobsled competition at the 2014 Olympics on Feb. 19.

Lolo Jones takes a shot at Rihanna over Twitter

Lolo Jones has never shied away from expressing her views and opinions.

But her latest one was not so well-received.

In response to Drake signing on this week to host the 2014 ESPYs, Jones tweeted a shot at Rihanna.

Jones may have a point considering Rihanna dated Dodgers' outfielder Matt Kemp and was rumored to have been seeing New York Knicks' swingman J.R. Smith. 

Only thing is Rihanna has quite a few more fans than Jones, some 34.8 million Twitter followers vs. the Olympian's 400,000. Here were some of the responses Jones received over the twittersphere.

 

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Manny Pacquiao, left, poses with Timothy Bradley on Feb. 6.

Bradley says he's equipped to box and brawl with Pacquiao

LAS VEGAS -- Timothy Bradley changed his fighting nature from boxer to brawler following the
criticism of his controversial split-decision win over Manny Pacquiao in 2012.

So, if he fought with such hostility in going toe to toe with Ruslan Provodnikov in last year’s fight of the year, doesn’t it make sense he’ll do the same against Pacquiao himself in their Saturday rematch?

“You’re damn right,” Bradley told The Times inside MGM Grand Garden Arena, site of the
unbeaten (31-0) Cathedral City fighter’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title defense. “If it needs to.”

Those words sell tickets and pay-per-views, but given how Bradley admitted to concussion
effects from the Provodnikov warfare and how successfully he leaned on his boxing skills to
edge Juan Manuel Marquez by split decision in October, his best route to victory appears to be returning to his lane as a boxer.

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Johnny Manziel greets fans at the NCAA tournament semifinals on April 5 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Johnny Manziel had highest Wonderlic score among top QBs, reports say

Johnny Manziel got the highest score among top quarterbacks in the NFL draft on the Wonderlic test, according to multiple reports.

The Wonderlic is an exam used by the NFL to test a player's problem-solving skills.

Manziel's ranking and score were reported by former NFL scout and current San Francisco radio host John Middlekauff and the NFL Network's Albert Breer.

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Veteran motorcycle racer Colin Edwards, 40, announced on Thursday his plans to retire from the MotoGP series at the end of the season.

Veteran Colin Edwards announces plans to retire from MotoGP circuit

Veteran motorcycle racer Colin Edwards said Thursday he plans to retire from the MotoGP series at the end of this season.

Edwards, 40, made the surprise announcement during a news conference for riders competing this weekend in the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP race at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas.

"I don't know exactly how to say it -- even though I've rehearsed it I don't know how many times -- 2014 will be my last of racing MotoGP," the track quoted Edwards as saying.

A Houston native nicknamed the "Texas Tornado," Edwards initially raced in the World Superbike series of high-speed motorcycle racing, winning championships in 2000 and 2002.

He moved in 2003 to MotoGP, whose leading riders include seven-time champion Valentino Rossi of Italy, reigning champion Marc Marquez of Spain and fellow American rider Nicky Hayden.

"I am very sad about the news of Colin's retirement as he is one of my best friends in the paddock," the MotoGP website quoted...

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Bill Haas watches the flight of his drive from the 18th tee during the first round of the Masters on Thursday at Augusta National.

Bill Haas making a name for himself at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Bill Haas is playing his fifth Masters, but he knows Augusta National almost as well as most members.

Great-uncle Bob Goalby won the 1968 Masters and often tells Bill: “You’re a better player than the scores you shoot.”

Bill first played the course in high school. And he often accompanied his father, Jay Haas, who played in 22 Masters.

“I wasn't interested in the Masters,” Bill said. “I was interested in my dad's score at the Masters, if that makes sense.”

Bill’s first-round score garnered plenty of interest, given that he was the clubhouse leader after firing a 4-under 68.

Defending champion Adam Scott was one back, as were Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson, and several players were at 2-under.

Phil Mickelson is 3-over through eight holes, as Augusta National is playing tough despite seemingly good scoring conditions.

Haas closed out his round by making a five-foot birdie after hitting a crisp 8-iron.

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Fans unfurl a large U.S. flag as the U.S. men's soccer team plays Mexico in a friendly on Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio.

U.S. men move up one spot to No. 13 in FIFA rankings

The U.S. men's national soccer team climbed a spot to No. 13 in the FIFA world rankings for April, returning to where it been two months earlier and equaling the team's highest spot in the poll since October 2009.

Two months before the start of this summer's World Cup in Brazil, defending champion Spain remained No. 1 in the rankings, followed by Germany and Portugal.

Germany and Portugal were both drawn into the four-team group the U.S. will play in this summer's World Cup. Ghana, the fourth team in the group, dropped three spots to No. 38 in the rankings.

The rest of the top 10 is made up of Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Switzerland, Italy and Greece.

Argentina was among three top 10 teams that dropped in the rankings, falling three spots. Brazil and Greece both move up three places.

Mexico, meanwhile, moved up a spot to No. 19.

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